Is there a simple way to add a white border around a still image or video clip in Premiere Pro CS 5.5? I've seen the suggestions for adding a radial shadow and am unsatisfied with the results; it's nearly impossible to center the image within the border and many other suggestions out there do not address CS 5.5.
Try these settings for Radial Shadow: from the Premiere Pro wiki
Shadow color as desired
Projection Dim: start with 7; adjust to make border width as desired
Softness: start with 0 or adjust as desired
Render: as desired
Shadow only unchecked
Resize Layer: CHECKED
You can also place a color matte behind the clip and upsize it to be slightly larger than the clip.
I'm not sure where "Projection Dim" is unless this is "Projection Distance" is in CS5.5 and I'm curious what you would suggest for use under "Light Source." I'm having trouble centering the image within the border. I don't like to eyeball things, it's always nice to have something 100 percent accurately centered.
You're right, it is a little fiddly. For precision, I'd probably go with the color matte technique. In the mean time, please put in a feature request for a border effect. I think we need a simpler solution too. http://www.adobe.com/go/wish
I think its a little funny that this conversation for a pretty obvious and simple feature that an Adobe employee who probably has the ability to suggest real change has still not happened 7 YEARS LATER.
I'm starting to lose faith in Adobe as an everyday tool since they seem to be much more interested in implementing new features that are not ready for primetime and only are usable by a small amount of people, rather than add and fix the everyday features that nearly anyone editing could use. I've been a happy Creative Cloud user but that's been much less so over the last few updates. I hope that something changes and the priority to making Premiere (and other apps) be reliable, stable, fast and useful becomes the priority again.
Here's a slightly more flexible option, even though it requires a bit more work:
No, it's not as elegant as an effect, but it's workable. Bonus: if you save a template from the frame, when you apply it to a different sized title (e.g. 720x480) it will properly scale and maintain the width ratios.
Man, that's a lot of steps but glad to see there's a workaround.
If you create a template, you only have to do it once
PS: Titles are CUDA accelerated; the Radial Shadow effect is not, so from a pure performance standpoint, this method pwns.
Any word on when the next update to CS 5.5 is coming out to add this pretty basic function?
I haven't the foggiest jsphilly!
Seeing how we're 5+ versions into Premiere Pro, I would not hold my breath that an update would offer such functionality. Stranger things have happened, I suppose...
Since I'm such a nice guy, here's a title template for a really basic frame: frame.prtl
Add it to your title templates, and then customize to your heart's content.
Thanks for your suggestions and for the template. I guess the switch from FCP to Premiere is not going to be without its painful teething moments.
Good point. Template it up people!
I am trying to reproduce your suggestion, but am having a problem at this point:
Drag your photo or clip to the New Item button at the bottom of the Project panel. This will create a sequence with your clip in it, and it will match the dimensions of the clip
Where do I drag my clip from -- the resized clip on the timeline or from someplace else.
When I try dragging my clip from my CS5 timeline onto the New Item icon it seems to just stay there and not create any new sequence -- unless it's there and I'm not seeing it.
Another easy way to make a stroke or border is to use Photoshop, but make sure you match the sequence.
Here's another way. put the clip on it's own timeline, then add a background color and scale the video down to the desired border size. Now just nest it in your main timeline.
Try adding a drop shadow and setting the opacity to 100%.
1. Add a grid to the clip.
2. Add Crop (so the grid does not expand to the sequence size)
You can resize and position to your taste, add a Drop shadow etc...
Am I the only one who "discovered" this??
I think Yosik wins the contest. The grid is magic, and what is amazing is the frame resizes along with the picture if the clip is later scaled up or down. One for the recipe book.
That's what I did, but I used four drop shadows going round the clip at 90° angles to get it identical on each side.
Yosik's solution is great, but difficult to implement if your image is cropped.
Solution = 4x Drop Shadows
Direction(s): 0, 90, 180, 270
Have a nice day.
Hello guys !
I did it adding Drop Shadow 4 times, each at 0, 90, 180, 270 degrees. And the effect moves with the clip, that was my interest in the matter.
As for Cropping, the border (drop shadow) stais next to the Crop factor you implement.
Good Luck !
Because my inset moves and grows, I ended up using a "glow" in CS6. Worked great!
Thank you! You definitely win with this answer. I also added a 'Slider Control' and pick whipped the distance so I can play around with the overall "border" width of each side at the same time!